Europe's Macroregional Strategies: the first Evaluation

The European Commission has published the first study to weigh up the success of the EU's two macro-regional strategies and to provide recommendations for the future.

The EU's Baltic and Danube Strategies, involving over 20 EU and non EU countries, have pioneered a unique kind of cooperation, based on the idea that common challenges faced by specific regions -whether environmental, economic or security related - are best tackled collectively, and that it makes sense to plan together for the most effective deployment of the funds available.

The report delivers a broadly positive verdict on the existing strategies so far. It highlights how they have created hundreds of new projects and helped to formulate joint policy objectives in areas of vital importance for the regions involved. The macroregional approach has also led to numerous joint initiatives and networks, as well as political decisions at collective level.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) - was adopted in 2009. The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) was adopted in June 2011. A Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region has been requested. More info in the section on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.